Wilde Island is not at peace. The kingdom mourns the dead Pendragon king and awaits the return of his heir; the uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is strained; and the regent is funding a bloodthirsty witch hunt, hoping to rid the island of half-fey maidens.
Tess, daughter of a blacksmith, has visions of the future, but she still doesn’t expect to be accused of witchcraft, forced to flee with her two best friends, or offered shelter by the handsome and enigmatic Garth Huntsman, a warden for Dragonswood. But Garth is the younger prince in disguise and Tess soon learns that her true father was fey, making them the center of an exciting, romantic adventure, and an ancient prophecy that will bring about peace between all three races – dragon, human, and fairy.
I know it took me a long time to finish the book and review it, but I’m doing my finals at school right now and it has been hectic! I just want to start off by saying that I can find nothing that I did not like in this book, it was that good. The characters, plot, and the way it was written were all amazing.
First of all, I’m not used to reading books that aren’t set in modern times, so this was a new thing for me. It went really far back (to the middle ages) and Janet Lee Carey made sure to take the reader there. The amount of detail and knowledge of the time period that she had was evident while reading Dragonswood. I was impressed by how accurate it seemed (I don’t know much about this time period). From the cures to the customs, it was all very exciting!
I loved, loved, loved the dragons and faeries. I thought that it was great that they were both brought together in one book, usually it’s one or the other. The way the humans, fairies, and dragons were brought together was unique and the history that the three shared was fascinating. It felt like I was reading a fairy tale book.
The story flowed beautifully, it kept you guessing and I’m happy to say that a few of the things that I guessed were correct! (Mainly about who Garth really was…) I don’t usually like when the main character has friends with her (Meg and Poppy), because they tend to distract from the protagonist… but I found that they worked very well with where the story was going. I even ended up liking them! OMG! I loved Tess, as well, she was a great heroine. Even though she had faced so much abuse and cruelty, she became self-reliant and confident in herself.
Garth and Tess…. amazing. They were so cute! I loved them! I loved Garth’s personality and how mysterious he was, he sounded so sexy (lol). I wished they had more conversations just so that I could enjoy him more, but that’s just me being selfish, their relationship was very well developed and believable.
This book was great and I highly recommend it, especially for those of you whom have not read much about dragons and fairies, it really opens your eyes to a whole different type of book (something other than werewolves and vampires).